Coronavirus forces suspension of Spanish bull-running festival
23 April 2020
Spain’s San Fermin Fiesta, an eight-day festival in July in which fighting bulls run through the streets of Pamplona each morning, was suspended on Tuesday for the first time in four decades due to the coronavirus crisis.
The famed annual party in the northern Spanish city was last called off when political unrest broke out in 1978, though it also lost one day in 1997 after ETA separatists killed a Basque politician.
“As expected as it was, it still leaves us deeply sad,” acting mayor Ana Elizalde said, announcing the suspension.
The festival, which draws hundreds of thousands of participants from Spain and across the globe, first gained international fame from Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises”.
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